Originally Posted by videobruce
Any outdoor antenna will be better than any indoor antenna, especially anything with a built in amp. I bet that amp isn't helping.
Do you actually have VHF stations left in your market? (I would help if you had that listed under your username) Are you aware of the difference between virtual and physical channel numbers courtesy of the FCC?
Sorry, that I left those details out. I am in the Greenville/New Bern NC market. I am aware of the virtual & physical channel numbers. I can pick up all digital stations that are using virtual UHF numbers (14& up). I can only pick up WNCT channel 9 (virtual 10) on VHF, but not WCTI channel 12 (which uses virtual 12 also) which is about 40 miles from me (so I receive zero ABC programs).
Here are the channels with their traditional physical numbers:
WITN-DT 7.1 NBC HD 1080i
WITN-DT 7.2 My Network TV & ME TV
WNCT-DT 9.1 CBS HD 1080i
WNCT-DT 9.2 THE CW
WCTI-DT 12.1 ABC HD 720p HD NEWS as of 6/27/10
WCTI-DT 12.3 THIS
WYDO-DT 14.1 FOX HD 720p HD NEWS as of 6/27/10
WUNM-DT 19.1 UNC EX
WUNM-DT 19.2 UNC TV HD 1080i
WUNM-DT 19.3 UNC KD
WUNK-DT 25.1 UNC TV HD 1080i
WUNK-DT 25.2 UNC KD
WUNK-DT 25.3 UNC EX
WEPX-DT 38.1 ION HD
WEPX-DT 38.2 QUBO
WEPX-DT 38.3 ION LIFE
I am also on the fringe of the Raleigh/Durham market but I don't really have the budget to put up a large antenna for receiving those (I am in a urban neighborhood with lots of trees obstructing the skyline). Incidentally, I used my current rabbit ears indoors 3 years ago when I lived one mile outside the city with no obstructions and I continuously had strong signals on all the in-market stations and all of the Raleigh area stations except for channel 11 (which I would receive sporadically). So I think it is my physical surroundings and not my antenna that is the main hindrance (but I am no "techie").
The reason I am gun shy about ordering another "flop" antenna is because last year I ordered a Channelmaster 4228 HDhttp://www.amazon.com/Channel-Master...3314845&sr=8-1
I mounted it on my roofline, hooked it up, and promptly reduced my reception down to only WITN channel 7. The 4228 was a $90 piece of crap. No matter where I positioned it, I could not receive reception that came close to what my rabbit ears receive. I boxed it up and returned it.
I have wanted to improve my antenna for sometime, but $90 was at the UPPER end of my possible budget and it seems that most of these cheaper antennas are a "get what you pay for" item. I am searching for that "lost gem" -- a $30-$40 solution that installs easily and picks up at least those stations in my market (with a bonus if I get the Raleigh stations even on occasion).